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Informative Writing ~ Ecosystems Research Project {Common Core}

Grade Levels
3rd, 4th, 5th
Common Core Standards
W.3.2, W.3.5, W.3.7, W.3.8, W.4.2, W.4.5, W.4.7, W.4.8, W.5.2, W.5.5, W.5.7, ...
W.3.2, W.3.5, W.3.7, W.3.8, W.4.2, W.4.5, W.4.7, W.4.8, W.5.2, W.5.5, W.5.7, W.5.8
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Informational Writing: With this informative writing research project students will research and write about different ecosystems or biomes. Then they'll create an ecosystem report booklet to share!

Included are:
~lesson plans aligned to CCSS
~Fan-N-Pick cards & directions for brainstorming activity
~list of websites for research
~note-taking pages
~example note-taking pages for the taiga
~bibliography poster
~transitions/linking words poster
~example student report for the taiga
~publishing pages for: deserts, grasslands, temperate forests, tropical rain forests, tundra, & wetlands
~extra blank publishing pages
~student editing checklist
~grading rubric
~“I learned” follow-up activity cards

***UPDATED 2/16/14***
Due to special requests, additional ecosystems and different names for some ecosystems have been included at the end of the packet. Brainstorming cards and publishing templates for the following ecosystems are now included:
-Taiga
-Deciduous Forest (same as Temperate Forest)
-Freshwater
-Saltwater
-Ocean (same as saltwater)
-Savannah

***This product is also available in a bundle with two other Common Core writing projects: Intermediate Writing Project Bundle ~ Narrative, Opinion & Informative Research


I hope your students enjoy learning about ecosystems with this informative writing report project!

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Happy writing!
Lisa Lilienthal

**Feel free to email me at: lisa.m.lilienthal@gmail.com**
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On  February 16, 2014Lisa Lilienthal answered:
Thank you for your feedback! I actually do this project with my 3rd graders each year. I simplify the project for some students by helping them choose resources at their reading level. I also have them simply list plants and animals found in their ecosystems by using bullet points. PebbleGo is a GREAT online research database that has been a tremendous help for my students who need extra support.
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Great product! It is a good way to integrate and ELA into Science. Though I wish that there was a template my students could type into, since typing is a common core standard.
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Thank you for your feedback. To incorporate technology, you could have your students create a PowerPoint to publish their research. That's what I did with my students last year, and they loved it!
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Send me your email address and I'll make you one. Lisa.m.lilienthal@gmail.com
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I love it! I've really enjoyed this project. My students are finished and will begin presenting to their groups tomorrow. I told them that they are to take on the roll of "teacher" and are responsible for helping their groups learn all about their ecosystems. Exciting! Should keep them busy and still learning for the last week of school. :-) Thanks so much for your feedback!
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Informative Writing ~ Ecosystems Research Project {Common Core}
Informative Writing ~ Ecosystems Research Project {Common Core}
Informative Writing ~ Ecosystems Research Project {Common Core}
Informative Writing ~ Ecosystems Research Project {Common Core}